The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West hosted the Mariological Society of America’s 64th annual meeting in May.
The meeting’s theme was: “Mary and the New Evangelization.”
The Rev. James Phalan, CSC, of Boston, president of the society and a priest serving the Holy Cross Family Ministries since 1994, said, “We are looking at how Mary really is to be the star of the New Evangelization. She is the mother of God, the mother of the Church, and the mother of the New Evangelization.
“We are looking at how that is really important and urgent for the Church to be much more aware. Mary has a very important place in the evangelization of the Church today. She has always been the mother of evangelization, the star of evangelization, the leader of evangelization and now, more than ever, we want to let her be who she is,” he said.
The three-day meeting featured 15 guest speakers from as far as Georg-August-University in Germany to as close as Xavier University and the University of Dayton.
The Mariological Society of America is a theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and in the Church and in the history of salvation.
Through its annual meeting and in its publication, Marian Studies, the society seeks to promote original research in Marian doctrine and devotion.
The society was founded by the Rev. Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M. in 1949. Since 1979, the office of the executive secretary has been located at the Marian Library at the University of Dayton.